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ANTHROPOLOGICAL ANGST AND THE TOURIST ENCOUNTER

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Informed by and critical of the anthropological critique of tourism, this work is a retrospective examination of one author's willingness to act as consultant to a financially motivated tourism-development scheme in the Basque region of Spain. Navigating between the Scylla of cultural commodification and the Charybdis of local agency and voice, the anthropologist's role in such a project is fraught with anthropological angst. We consider two critical works on Basque tourism that warn against such involvement, but in the end conclude that the decision must be made on a case-by-case basis.

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